MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Industrial gearboxes and geared motors: addressing market demand
Manufacturers of industrial gearboxes and geared motors need to address the market demand for higher operating efficiency and global availability, according to Philip Crowe, Marketing Manager of Bauer Gear Motor GmbH.
High-integrity spring-applied brakes
Basic designs of spring-applied electromagnetic release brakes have become standardised in a proven, highly reliable form that is also compact and economic. For example, they will have multiple coil springs, a well-developed non-asbestos friction material, a DC coil and torques typically in a range from 2 to 2000Nm. Whilst these suit the majority of requirements, certain types of machines have stepped up their braking requirements based on the need for higher reliability.
Corrosion-resistant bearings for water power applications
In addition to wind and solar power, water power will make a significant contribution to future supply of renewable energy. This applies to conventional applications such as hydro-storage plants, pumped-storage plants and fresh water river systems, as well as the latest marine water power plants such as tidal and wave energy systems.
Why does my instrument need calibrating?
Instruments are used to measure and monitor processes, including component manufacture, throughout all industries. In order to maintain confidence in these processes any instruments which are used to measure or monitor such processes should be calibrated.
How to select correct IP ratings for electrical enclosures
Manufacturers of enclosures are required to provide an IP rating for every product, which allows designers and installers to ensure that they select the correct product for each application. But what exactly do all the numbers mean and how can you be sure you have made the correct choice? Chris Lloyd, Managing Director for Spelsberg els UK, offers an insight into IP ratings and how it affects product selection.
Torque limitation for heavy plant protection
Protecting machinery and systems against expensive failures and costly downtime is critical in today’s competitive market, but what are the relative benefits of electrical options versus mechanical in high-torque applications? Andrew Bargh of Bibby Turboflex, part of Altra’s Couplings Division, looks at the technologies available to protect machinery against overloads.
Fixings for fixed machine guards - further clarification
Jeremy Procter provides further clarification of the requirements relating to fixings for fixed machine guards (the author is the Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, a Member of BSI's MCE/3 committee, and the former Convenor of the European Standards Committee CEN TC114 WG11 responsible for Machine Guards).